|Born||Frank Dudley Foster
7 August 1924
Brighouse, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Died||8 January 1973
Dudley Foster (7 August 1924 – 8 January 1973) was an English actor most notable on TV.
Foster was born in Brighouse, West Riding of Yorkshire. He appeared in such series as Danger Man, The Saint, The Avengers - notably in "The Hour That Never Was" (1965), "Something Nasty in The Nursery" (1967) and "Wish You Were Here" (1969 – playing a perfect mannered yet sinister hotel manager in a parody of the TV series The Prisoner), Steptoe and Son (four episodes; playing the oily 'card shark' in "Full House", the supercilious Labour Party rep in "My Old Man's A Tory", the pained Police Inspector in "Robbery with Violence", and uncredited as the car salesman in "The Colour Problem") and Doctor Who (The Space Pirates), often in villainous roles; in Z-Cars, he played a police detective, c. 1962 Insp. (later Supt.) Dunn. He was also in the BBC serial of Francis Durbridge; 'Bat Out of Hell' playing a formidable Police Inspector. Foster also had earlier made educational films for use in schools playing Gas Engineers etc. He occasionally appeared in films. He was notable for his sharp facial features and curiously piercing eyes. His early death was the result of suicide by hanging.
He also participated in a 30-minute documentary titled Two in a Tiger. This film follows his training as he learns to fly a De Havilland tiger moth.
In 1970 he provided the voice-over for an edition of the BBC documentary series Chronicle: "The Great Iron Ship", about the salvage and return from the Falkland Islands of the Isambard Kingdom Brunel ship SS Great Britain.
Dudley Foster died in London.
- The Two-Headed Spy (1958)
- The Wakefield Shepherd's Play (1961)
- Term of Trial (1962)
- The Little Ones (1965)
- A Study in Terror (1965)
- Where's Jack? (1969)
- Moon Zero Two (1969)
- Foreign Exchange (1970, TV film)
- Wuthering Heights (1970)
- The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970)
- Dulcima (1971)
- Quest for Love (1971)
- Follow Me! (1972)
- That's Your Funeral (1972)
- Mistress Pamela (1974)
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